Sunken Treasure: Wil Wheaton's Hot Cocoa Box Sampler
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Author Wil Wheaton says, "Sunken Treasure is a short collection of my favorite pieces from my books and blog, including a production diary from my 2008 role in Criminal Minds, and excerpts from a collaborative fiction I took part in called Ficlets. As a bonus feature, it also includes the never-before-seen script to a sketch I wrote and performed at the ACME Comedy Theater...more
Chapbook, 90 pages
Published 2009 by Monolith Press (first published 2008)
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Wil Wheaton
Jul 20, 2009 Wil Wheaton added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I can't really review this objectively because I wrote it, right?

I guess what learned from this is that it's a lot of fun to pull together a whole bunch of different stories into one place so people can get a sense of who I am as an author. I've been blown away that so many readers have liked it so much, and while I don't have scientifically-solid evidence that it's increased sales of my other books (no control data, really), I don't think it's entirely coincidence that Just A Geek sold ou...more
Andrew
I've been aware of Wil Wheaton as an actor since I was a kid, having seen "Stand By Me" and various episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" when I was as young as 12 years old. However, I've only known of him as a writer for a very short time, since I discovered his blog about 6 months ago. Apparently this is the main focus of his creative endeavors these days, as he has several books out and has been maintaining his blog for close to a decade. I'm glad I finally figured all of this out; I'...more
Ean Elmer
I've read Wil Wheaton's blog for about two years. Honestly before that I'd pretty much forgotten about the guy. I knew of him from my childhood watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I was neither a Wesley fan nor a Wesley hater. He was merely another actor on a show I loved. However one cannot be a geek (which I could very well qualify as) surfing the Internet for long without running across the name Wil Wheaton. Of all places I first head about him in a Penny Arcade blog posting. As I read m...more
Bianca
Everybody probably knows Wil Wheaton. I you haven’t seen him as Wesley Crusher (yes, I am a girl who loves Star Trek, and Jonathan Archer is my captain, sorry Jean Luc!), you will have probably seen him in the Big Bang Theory, Eureka or an awesome show called TableTop on the "YouTube". I think I am late to the party when it comes to his writing though. I have only recently discovered his blog (as mentioned on my writing portfolio) and am now starting my journey through his books. And as it says...more
Kevin
Wow, I'm surprised this one is on here. This "chapbook" is a collection of excerpts from Wil's blog, several of his other books and writings. Geeky and cool stuff.

I picked up a signed copy at the 2008 Penny Arcade Expo along with Wil's "The Happiest Days of Our Lives." Mine is number 104 out of 200.

Finished this one last night. It's a good collection of a variety of works Wil has done, including a script for a sketch comedy show, one of his reviews of an episode of Star Trek: TNG (very much tong...more
Angelle
This book is meant to introduce you to Wil Wheaton's writings beyond what you might already read in his blog, and I think it does a good job of that. I've been reading his blog for years now, and I was somewhat hesitant to purchase a book because I wasn't sure just how much more there could be in his book entries. I have a pretty good memory of things I read, and when he occasionally digs up old entries and reposts them, I find myself going "Oh yeah, I remember this one.." So was it worth it to...more
Spencer
I came to this sampler of Wil Wheaton's writing sometime after having read his various collections. It is short, but serves its purpose as a introduction to a cross section of the type of writing Wil Wheaton does. I think his personal essays are his best work. I wasn't as taken by his snarky takes and recaps Memories of the Future when I first read it, but found myself pulled back in upon revisiting one of those memories in this sampler. I wasn't initially interested in his production diary for...more
Daniel
I quite enjoyed this chapbook collection of essays from Wil Wheaton, the uber-geek. His style is very personal and approachable, and I quite enjoy the way he writes in general.

While I enjoyed all of the essays, I found the included piece from his upcoming "Memories of the Future" (a collection of his snarky reviews of episodes of Star Trek:TNG) particularly amusing.

It's a self-published book via Lulu's print-on-demand service. I actually ordered the PDF ebook version so I could read it on my Kin...more
Alexander
Nov 20, 2009 Alexander rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't know Wil's writting and people who do.
Shelves: geek-culture
Sunken Treasure is meant to introduce readers to Wil Wheaton and his writing.
Having listened to the audiobook for "Just A Geek" and read trough "Dancing Barefoot", I've heard some of the stories before...
This isn't bad though, the stories are great and the book also includes stuff from the ACME comedy group and his own diary from working on Criminal Minds and much more.
Diversity is not a problem here, no sire Bob.

The book includes many stories, Wheaton keeps a high quality in his writting and th...more
Joanne
Adding this book now as I reread it again, after meeting him momentarily at at 2012 Phx Comicon. Stood in line with all the other fan girls to get his autograph on the new "Fawkes" one-shot and stood face to faced with him just long enough to seem to insult him (his take I think). Totally embarrased myself because actually I guess I was trying to show off by quoting him, because yes, his storytelling is that good that he has joined the ranks of writers I can randomly quote because I have read an...more
Jdetrick
I love Wil Wheaton's writing, and my only complaint about this product is the formatting, which is horrible and occasionally difficult to read. Otherwise, it's an amazing book and makes me want to get his other titles as well.
William Pepper
Started following Wil Wheaton on Twitte because "Hey! I remember that guy from Star Trek. Started really enjoying his geeky and funny and geeky-funny posts so I decided to check out his writings that are more than 140 characters. Glad I did. The pieces in this book are very easy reading and very entertaining. Wheaton is funny and charming and his enthusiasm for his work, his family and his writing is heart-warming, even in the funny parts. Since we're about the same age, a lot of his pop culture...more
Kathryn Patterson
As a reader of Wil Wheaton's blog, I already knew that I liked his writing style. But I did not expect to enjoy reading this book as much as I did.

"Sunken Treasure" exposes the reader to more than just a few blog entries. You get to hear how Mr. Wheaton came to terms with Star Trek and Wesley Crusher. You get a taste of his fiction, his writing skills. And you get a cute, informative ending story about the book itself, and Mr. Wheaton's successful foray into the world of e-books.

I strongly recom...more
Melissa Railey
This book is a collection of excerpts from Wil Wheaton's various writings. My initial reaction when I was reading this was that it was like sitting around listening to my friends talk. It was great fun and made me feel connected to him. He doesn't take on any pretensions, has no fear of making fun of himself and he's just plain funny. I am definitely going to be picking up some of his other books in the future. If you're the least little bit of a geek, you definitely should read this. And if you...more
Maryellen
I have followed Wil Wheaton's re-emergence upon the pop culture scene with a sort of joy, given that I loved him when growing up. It's a pleasant surprise (I hadn't really followed his blog) that he's such an excellent writer.

I found myself enthralled with the clear and interesting real life stories, more than his explorations into fiction. I love this sampler, because now I know which of his e-books I want to explore further. I'll gladly hail Wil as a great writer as well as a magnificent actor...more
Doug
Mar 21, 2011 Doug rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wil Wheaton fans
Recommended to Doug by: Wil Wheaton
Shelves: 2011, memoir
I loved the anecdotes and short stories Wil included in the first half of this book, but I found the Criminal Minds production diary to be a little long and drawn out. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at the process of playing a guest role in a television series, but Wil gets a little sappy and fanboyish at parts. Don't worry, Wil! I know the fact that you are "one of us" is part of your appeal so others may feel differently. I hope this doesn't make me a dick. I still lo...more
Meara
This is one of those books that makes you sad when there are no more stories left to read. It is a true sampler, a little of this, a dash of that, and a little pinch of something extra. It is an appetizer, designed to whet your appetite and make you want something more, so be warned! And be ready to buy more of Wil Wheaton's stuff and seek out his blog (if you haven't already done so).
Beth
The perfect place to begin for new fans or those coming to Wil Wheaton's work from his blog. For those of us geeks who've loved him long time (since birth), it's another brilliant chapbook from Mr. Wheaton, full of stories to make you smile and a not-to-be-missed series regarding his work on Criminal Minds.
Drew
I read this book after reading about it on Wil Wheaton's blog about the books he wrote. Its a collection of stories Wil has put together about many various things including some insight on some Hollywood projects he was involved in. Its an interesting and humorous read.
Robyn
This is a nice collection of Wil Wheaton's writing over the years. If you're not sure you want to buy one of his books, definitely try out this "chapbook." It has a little bit of everything. Buy the sampler for yourself and another copy for a friend!
Miranda
I loved the essays in here. Wil lets me feel like I know him. We've never met, and barring me deciding to go to PAX East sometime, we never will. But he lets me into his life, and that's such a wonderful gift.
Bianca Woods
This is a great sampler of Wheaton's work, but if, like me, you've read some of his other books you're going to end up reading stories you've read before.

Better for those new to Wheaton's writing than existing fans.
Rob
I picked this up and had it signed at PAX 2008 this year. It contains snippets of Wil's previously released work, and I really enjoyed his writing. I'll have to pick up his books at some point.
Brendan
The only reason this gets a 4 from me is because I'd read most of the stories before in his other work. Still great to read them again. Thoroughly enjoyed his Criminal Minds production diary.
Shan
Wil Wheaton has a very interesting way of writing his prose, where I really care about what he says, even if he's talking about rather mundane things. A great, quick read!
Tom
A potluck of Wil Wheaton's musings about geek life, acting, blogging and Star Trek. For those who have read his other books, this is the 2008 update to Wil's public life.
orangerful
Apr 15, 2010 orangerful marked it as to-read
Shelves: essays, nonfiction
I bought a copy of this when I was at PAX East 2010 and got Wil to autograph it for me. I haven't had a chance to read it, but the Hot Cocoa scent still lingers...
Janet Godsoe
This is a great little sampler to find out if you like Wil Wheaton's writing style. Low price, quick read, and has snippets from different books of his.
J.M.
Jun 24, 2009 J.M. marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction
Was buying a copy of my own book on Lulu.com and saw this so I said what the heck. I've been meaning to read something of Wheaton's so why not start here?
Michele
If you've never read Wil Wheaton, and only remember him from his acting roles (Stand by Me, Star Trek: TNG), then this is a great introduction.
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Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was cast as Wesley Crusher in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently, Wil has held recurring r...more
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